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Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, September 20, 2007 2:30 AM (Eastern)

dr. hauschka cleansing cream

I suppose I should preface this by saying I've never really been into skincare.

Part, if not most, of my disinterest stems from having gotten adult acne at age twenty-nine. (Before I got adult acne, I had literally perfect skin, which itself made me uninterested in skincare.) As adult acne sufferers know, the finer points of skincare get lost in the shuffle as the sufferer tries everything within grasp to attain normal, reasonably clear skin.

My experience with adult acne taught me a couple of things:
  1. Skin conditions such as acne cannot be "cured" externally. You have to discover what triggers the condition, if not the root cause. I wasted years trying to treat my acne externally, and finally got rid of most of it through internal methods such as diet changes, vitamins, and birth control pills.

  2. Of the treatments that do work, most do not work right away. Typically you see some results, but you won't see the full results unless you stick with it for weeks, months, sometimes even years.

    The products that make your skin look really good right away, tend to fall into the "works at first, then stops working" category.
I don't want to generalize overly much; those are just my experiences with acne. Since my skin is still acne-prone, I am going to have a conservative approach to skincare.

For some time now, I've had it in mind to...exfoliate. When you have real acne, that's out of the question. But now, I don't have pimples, but I could do with some sort of a scrubby thing.

Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream isn't exactly what it sounds like. It's a cleanser, but also an exfoliant, thanks to its star ingredient, sweet almond meal. From the Dr. Hauschka website:

Almond meal is a blend of whole ground almonds, including shell and nut. The meal mixes readily with water to form a natural emulsion that is highly absorbent of water and oil. In Cleansing Cream it absorbs oils, dirt and perspiration from the skin. The soothing, calming properties of almond make it gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Almond meal has been used traditionally for its cleansing and purifying effect on the skin. In ancient India and Egypt ground almonds were pressed into bars for cleansing the body.

Sounds a tad scratchy, doesn't it? There's another reason I've been reluctant to try exfoliants: I've had these visions of scratchy bits of nut shell, scraping away at my face (I'd prefer to have dead skin, thanks).

You are to use a "press and roll" application method for this, rather than outright scrubbing.

I've used this three times now (and am planning to give it another go tonight). The almond meal particles are quite small, thank goodness. They don't scratch.

Like just about all "premium"-ish products, a little goes a long way. A glob the size of a large pea is enough to cleanse your face.

I didn't actually "press and roll" all that much, but then I don't have sensitive skin. Light massaging does the job for me.

This smells pleasant, of faint real roses and some other natural stuff.

I was a bit surprised it left the surface of my face feeling almost oily. Mind you I've been putting jojoba products on my face for years; "oily" doesn't freak me out. After I'd dried my face though, it felt not oily at all, in fact it felt somehow...not dry on the surface, but dry inside. Kinda weird but not unpleasant.

It hasn't as of yet exfoliated perfectly. My skin feels smoother, less flaky, but I still detect some rough spots. My gut tells me that's actually a good thing, due to #2 above...that continued use might produce perfect results, rather than having perfect results right away.

In any case, I'll update this later on.

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1 comment(s)
September 20, 2007 11:42 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I find this takes practice to use correctly. It's best used on damp, softened skin, so after a shower is best. The press-and-roll method emulsifies the almond meal on your skin, and all that loosened up skin just lifts off. This is the gentlest, most effective exfoliating method, because it doesn't peel away anything that isn't ready to go yet. The only problem with it is that it's expensive, but it's easy to make at home.

I am sooo allergic to this stuff though.


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